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Jun 6, 2020 The Healing Project
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The events at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 3rd and 4th 1989 remain seared in the memories of those who witnessed them, either at close range, or through media reports at the time. Soon after, Australian sociologist Jonathan Unger compiled and published a collection of essays that continue to be an ongoing testament to a time when the aspirations for human freedom throughout China took living form, only to be overturned by powerful forces controlled by the State, and then erased as far as...
Topics: Jonathan Unger, China, pro-democracy movement, tiananmen square, Hu Yaobang, Changchun protests,...
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Dec 26, 2019 Dante's Ghost
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Over the past five years, the adult members of our family have developed a tradition of exchanging representations and impressions of each other rather than purchasing gifts at Christmas time. Fathersong II is my Christmas offering to our older daughter Gina. It poetically reflects on the extraordinary privilege of both participating in the arrival, growth and maturation of a beloved daughter, and of witnessing the arrival of another generation and the entry of our own children into parenthood....
Topics: poetry, spoken word
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Nov 10, 2019 The Healing Project
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Copies of E.F. Schumacher's Small is Beautiful , first published in 1973, can still be found in many libraries. And it occasionally chances as an unexpected treasure on the shelves of second-hand bookshops. Although most copies of the book were printed in paperback form, it remains one of the pivotal works of the twentieth century and carries within it the fruits of decades of considered reflection on the nature of human and planetary flourishing. On E.F. Schumacher and Small is Beautiful...
Topics: Schumacher, Small is Beautiful, alternative economics, Buddhist economics, ecology, sustainabilty,...
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Jul 15, 2019 La Via Luminosa
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After recounting the many extraordinary experiences he and others had when in the presence of Jesus two thousand years ago, St. John concludes his Gospel with the following sentence: "There are many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written." (John 21:25) Reflecting in the present time, one begins to comprehend what is carried is St. John's remarkable statement by looking...
Topics: Padre Pio, Padre Pio da Pietrelcina, Giuseppe Caccioppoli, San Giovanni Rotondo, stigmata,...
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Mar 8, 2019 Dante's Ghost
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The tapestry of family is woven slowly. Each new arrival brings her or his unique and unrepeatable essence to the play of light and dark, of smooth and rough, that progressively finds expression as each child grows through the years, through the decades. The tapestry of family broadens as each child in turn conjoins with their own beloved and the weave widens to encompass interpenetrating stories, interpenetrating lives by which each individual's experience is further enriched and nourished....
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Sep 3, 2018 La Via Luminosa
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William Desmond on Default Atheism offers an edited audio version of a lecture given by Irish philosopher William Desmond at the Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in southern Indiana in April 2017. It also carries a review essay, William Desmond on Default Atheism. Reflecting on the Metaxu which builds on a number of the themes presented in the lecture. This essay is available as a PDF in the Download Options column opposite. Desmond's presentation was entitled "The Idiocy of...
Topics: william desmond, philosophy, metaxalogical metaphysics, default atheism, charles taylor, the...
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Aug 15, 2018 The Healing Project
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Restoring the Caduceus offers a reflection on both the state of biomedicine and the present state of the planet. It points to the essential need for holistic perspectives in dealing both with human illness, and with the environmental deformations produced by industrial/technological civilisation. Restoring the Caduceus was first published in the Journal of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists in 2010.
Topics: Technology, Bioedicine, Holistic Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Climate Change,...
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Aug 6, 2018 Satan's Cauldrons
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This post is offered on August 6th 2018 in memory of the atomic slayings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. The audio file available in the Download Options column opposite was produced from a talk given by Setsuko Thurlow at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy in London in March 2017. In it, Setsuko Thurlow offers an extraordinary reminiscence of what happened at ground level in Hiroshima on the morning of August 6th, 1945. She reflects on the events of that tragic day...
Topics: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Hibakusha, Setsuko Thurlow, International Campaign for the Abolition of...
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Jun 16, 2018 Dante's Ghost
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This original piece was performed as one of the literary presentations at ClimArt 2018 held in the Wonthaggi Art Space, Victoria in late May 2018. It offers a poetic/philosophic/spiritual fusion of ideas reflecting on this time of escalating environmental, social and political disturbance. One of the key understandings carried in this poem is that our present circumstance has been brought about by a multiplicity of influences from both deep and recent history, and that the problem turns as much...
Topics: poetry, performance poetry, philosophical poetry, climate change, august kekule, melting of...
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Mar 16, 2018 The Healing Project
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Holism and Complementary Medicine offers a systematic overview of traditional healing practices, the development of the Western biomedical model from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to the present, and the holistic philosophy which is the basis of complementary and alternative medicine in the West. The book explores the differences between holistic and conventional biomedical traditions and approaches, acknowledging the strengths of each. It also addresses key practice issues, examining the...
Topics: holism, complementary medicine, complementary and alternative medicine, history and philosophy of...
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Feb 5, 2018 La Via Luminosa
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Padre Pio has long been a household name in Italy. Born in the village of Pietrelcina, some 80 km north-east of Naples in 1887, he entered the Capuchin order at the age of fifteen and was ordained a priest in the lineage of Saint Francis of Assisi eight years later, in 1910. Like Saint Francis, he was eventually to be marked by the stigmata - the physical wounds of Christ - on his hands, his feet and his chest. He was the first priest in the history of Catholicism to receive such a charism....
Topics: Padre Pio, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Giuseppe Caccioppoli, San Giovanni Rotondo, modernity,...
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Dec 27, 2017 Dante's Ghost
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For the past three years we have, as a family, dispensed with giving each other purchased gifts at Christmas - apart from the grandchildren of course. We have instead exchanged artful representations, such as drawings, collages, symbolic portrayals of each other. This year, much to the delight of those of us less adept in the skills of line and colour, the nature of our offerings has been extended to include songs, stories and poems. Fathersong I is my Christmas offering to our younger...
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Even as a child, Simone Weil had an understanding of both the deprivations and the depredations of war. At an age when most children can barely see beyond their own shifting desires, Simone Weil had fully grasped the reality and the meaning of sacrifice. She was six years old in 1915 when the immolation of Europe by military force and blind violence had already crossed unspeakable thresholds. In May and June of that year, over one hundred thousand French soldiers lost their lives in the Artois...
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Topics: simone weil, The Iliad, The Poem of Force, L’Iliade, ou le poème de la force
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Oct 13, 2017 Dante's Ghost
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This original performance piece brings together both shamanic and Taoist insights. It offers a reflection on early perspectives that viewed the microcosm of the individual and the macrocosm of the world as being intimately connected. One of the more obvious characteristics of the present age is the dominance of highly destructive technologies. Bombs of devastating power can be remotely "delivered" across thousands of kilometres. The furious energies within the atomic nucleus can be...
Topics: poetry, performance poetry, Ivy Mike test, Enewetak Atoll, shamanism
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Sep 22, 2017 The Healing Project
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Reading Ivan Illich is not easy, though in a different way to reading Continental philosophers or quantum physicists. Illich's language is demanding and requires a certain suspension of judgement if one is to penetrate the systemic meaning behind his often challenging - if not vehement - rhetoric. But it is worth the effort. On Ivan Illich and the Limits of Medicine offers a reflection on the life and work of Illich, and incorporates a number of selected excerpts from his "Limits to...
Topics: Ivan Illich, Medical Nemesis, The Limits to Medicine, Expropriation of Health, medicalisation,...
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Sep 18, 2017 La Via Luminosa
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Among the women of Christendom, the bold Teresa of Avila has succeeded in transmitting a profound and enduring record of the nature of spiritual reality and of Christocentric mystical consciousness. Her autobiography, published as The Life of Saint Teresa , was written at the behest of her spiritual directors. She writes with great openness of both her human weaknesses and her extraordinary spiritual attainments. Teresa was a woman of extremes, as capable of experiencing the rapturous states of...
Topics: Teresa of Avila, review of The Life of Saint Teresa, autobiography, biography, Catholic...
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Apr 14, 2017 Dante's Ghost
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We who live in regions of relative stability and prosperity in the so-called developed world and who are free of the uncertainty and the unpredictability that are part of daily life in war zones will occasionally be startled out of our false sense of security and certainty. Such occasions are generally rare. Yet we seem determined to maintain our sense of privileged steadiness in the face of a constant stream of disturbing images and reports that fill the electronic and print media. They remind...
Topics: anti-war poetry, hiroshima, nagasaki, nuclear war, persian gulf war, operation desert storm, 2006...
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Mar 24, 2017 Integral Reflections
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Many of us have become increasingly aware of a growing hostility expressed towards Pope Francis by a number of individuals and fundamentalist Catholic groups who remain ideologically opposed to the reforms carried out after Vatican II during the 1960s. This is perplexing, especially in view of the fact that Pope Francis has shown himself to be a man who is deeply aware both of human reality with all its strengths and weaknesses, and of the tenebrous future that confronts our planet and her...
Topics: Pope Francis, Vatican, Laudato Si, Catholic Social Doctrine, Saint Michael, San Gennaro, Fatima,...
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Dec 30, 2016 Satan's Cauldrons
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Runaway climate change is but the latest manifestation of a process that has been steadily eroding the delicately balanced equilibrium of our planet. The contemporary litany is evident to all who have sought to remain informed. Near-universal deforestation, widespread denaturation of agricultural lands, poisoning of inland lakes and waterways through industrial and mining activities, accelerating depletion of the ocean's fisheries and loss of coral reefs, and urban over-reach throughout the...
Topics: South Australia Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission, Pangea Resources, Nuclear Waste Disposal
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Sep 9, 2016 Integral Reflections
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The Western herbal medicine tradition represents a neglected and devalued repository of much of the knowledge developed over many thousands of years of medical experience in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Americas. Practitioners of herbal medicine throughout the world continue to make use of several hundred medicinally-active plants many of which have a long and established history. A few among these plant medicines have found popular use in recent decades - even to the point of reaching the...
Topics: herbal medicine, western herbal medicine tradition, healing, the healing traditions, planetary...
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Jul 22, 2016 Satan's Cauldrons
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Our planet is deeply burdened. It presently harbours 390,000 tons of high level nuclear waste produced by nuclear reactors and weapons programs over the past 70 years. Spent nuclear fuel is one of the most dangerous materials on earth. Most of it is stored underwater in numerous cooling ponds throughout the world. High level nuclear waste is dangerous to all life for unthinkable periods of time. Plutonium, which is produced in every nuclear fuel rod, has a toxic lifespan of 240,000 years. With...
Topics: History of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Waste Disposal, South Australia Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal...
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Jul 22, 2016 Satan's Cauldrons
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Our present generation is living out of the spiritually vacuous philosophies of modernism and post-modernism, the cancerous ideologies of free-market economics and unrestrained economic growth, and the corporate and political tyrannies that have nurtured an energised ethos of transience. The triumphalism of modernity has effectively wiped from our collective memories a coherent view of just whathas gone down in the flourish and flash of the late twentieth century. The immensity of human misery...
Topics: Twentieth Century History, Technology and Violence, Nuclear Weapons
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Jun 29, 2015 Dante's Ghost
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The Wreck of the Deutschland is unquestionably Gerard Manley Hopkins' master work. It reflects where the true centre of this man of deep spirituality and towering intellect lay - in the heart, which is evoked 18 times during the course of the poem. The Wreck of the Deutschland was written at the suggestion of a religious superior after Hopkins expressed his personal anguish at the death of 80 people, among whom were five Franciscan nuns, when the German ship The Deutschland ran aground at the...
Topics: Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Wreck of the Deutschland, English poetry, sprung rhythm, spiritual...
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Feb 14, 2015 Dante's Ghost
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On the 14th February 1945, the German city of Dresden was engulfed in  a firestorm as the British and US Air Forces dropped thousands of high explosive bombs and incendiary devices over the city. Over 25,000 people - mostly civilians - were incinerated. This original piece offers a poetic reflection on the moral obscenity of aerial warfare as it has been exercised from the attack on Dresden in February 1945 to the sacking of Baghdad in March 2003. Production notes Music: Nico Di Stefano Voice:...
Topics: poetry, spoken word, Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Afghanistan, Baghdad, aerial warfare
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Jan 27, 2014 Dante's Ghost
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In the third canto of the Inferno, Dante has overcome the doubts that assailed him in Canto 2 regarding whether he was up for the transformational quest offered by Virgil in Canto 1 . The third canto begins at the Portals of Hell which carry the immortal words "Abandon all hope all ye who now enter." It is here that Dante gains his first glimpse of the finality of the predicament confronting the vast number of souls gathered on the banks of the Acheron River, each waiting their turn...
Topics: Italian poetry, Dante Alighieri, la divina commedia, the divine comedy, inferno, canto 3, english...
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Dec 25, 2013 Integral Reflections
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Two days after Christmas in 2008, the isolated and densely populated city of Gaza was visited by volley upon volley of deadly missile and mortar fire. The intense bombardment of what has been described by the United Nations Development Programme as "one of the most densely populated places on earth" continued unabated for a period of three weeks. By the end of the assault, over 1,400 Palestinians had been killed and more than 5,000 wounded, many seriously. Between three and four...
Topics: Operation Cast Lead, Palestine, Israel, Tanya Reinhart, Mustafa Barghouti, Edward Said, Richard...
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Oct 27, 2013 Dante's Ghost
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The second canto of Dante's Inferno is in some ways a continuation of Canto 1 , where Dante encounters the poet Virgil while lost and impeded in the selva oscura , the dark forest of mid-life dissolution and oppression. Dante agrees to be be led by Virgil through the realms of hell and purgatory in order to reach the portals of paradise and thereby participate in the beatific vision. In Canto 2, Dante realises the depth of commitment required in such an undertaking and has second thoughts about...
Topics: Italian poetry, dante, la divina commedia, inferno, canto 2, Dante Alighieri, la divina commedia,...
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Aug 27, 2013 Dante's Ghost
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Dante's Divine Comedy has exercised the imagination of poets, artists, historians, theologians, and lovers of literature and poetry for the past seven centuries. Numerous English translations have appeared since Henry Carey published the first widely circulated English translation in the early 1800s. William Blake was so moved by Carey's translation that he spent the last years of his life teaching himself Italian so as to work directly with Dante's text. During the final year of his life,...
Topics: Italian poetry, Dante Alighieri: la divina commedia, the divine comedy, inferno, canto 1, english...
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Aug 7, 2013 Dante's Ghost
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This piece offers an original reflection on the obscenity of aerial warfare. It poetically addresses the atomic slayings of the inhabitants of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, the selective annihilation of Iraq by George Bush Sr. in January and February 1991 and the more complete destruction of Iraqi society launched by his son George W. Bush in 2003. It also reflects on the nature of the assaults upon Lebanon conducted by the Israeli military in 2006 and 2008, and on the inhabitants of...
Topic: poetry, spoken word, aerial warfare, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza
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Apr 28, 2013 Dante's Ghost
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This short poem builds on a personal reflection on the nature of enduring relationship during a time characterised by a prevalence of divided households. The poem carries an acknowledgement of the tensions and the difficulties that inevitably arise within the context of family while also giving voice to the deeper treasures that can emerge in the living out of a sustained commitment to another. The music that accompanies Finding Family was composed and performed by Nico Di Stefano
Topics: poetry, spoken word
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Mar 27, 2013 Dante's Ghost
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This original poem invites both a reflection on and a remembrance of the life and death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth during a time of turbulence when all human values have been hurled to the elements. The music that accompanies Son of the Sun was composed and performed by Nico Di Stefano. Full text of the poem is available at: http://thehealingprojectwebcast.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/son-of-sun-song-of-easter.html
Topics: poetry, a song of easter, ignatian remembrance, spoken word, paschal mystery
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Mar 15, 2013 Integral Reflections
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The first thermonuclear explosion ever to occur on the earth, Ivy Mike ,was detonated by the US Military on Eniwetok atoll in the Marshall Islands on 1st November 1952. The device itself weighed 60 tons and was housed in a six-storey structure containing the massive cooling apparatus needed to produce a temperature of minus 250 degrees Centigrade whereby the deuterium used to fuel the bomb could be liquified. Sixteen months later, the explosion of Castle Bravo on Bikini atoll marked the...
Topics: operation castle, castle bravo, marshall islands, pacific testing grounds, rongelap, j. robert...
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Feb 9, 2013 Dante's Ghost
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"Anthem at Nightfall" is built around a highly energised musical tribute to the Hindu god Shiva. Like the Greek god Apollo who was both destroyer and healer, Shiva also embodies seemingly contradictory qualities. He is both destroyer and restorer, extreme ascetic yet most sensuous of dancers, benevolent guardian yet most wrathful of avengers. We too live in a world of contradictory qualities, one in which extreme wealth is held by a few while over 3 billion people live on less than...
Topics: poetry, spoken word, shiva, nikolai berdyaev, the four zoas
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Jan 18, 2013 Dante's Ghost
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American poet Edwin Arlington Robinson was born just after the time of the Civil War and lived to see the dramatic transformation of the world he was born into through the influence of so-called Enlightenment philosophies and the development of early industrial technologies. Like William Blake before him, he came to perceive at an early age the destructive effects of new forms of power made available by the actions of big government, big business and big industry. "The Man Against the...
Topics: American poetry, Edwin Arlington Robinson, spoken word, dramatic poetry, philosophical poetry
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Nov 28, 2012 Dante's Ghost
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This original piece was inspired by a hand-sized fragment of crystalline sulphur gathered from the slopes of Mount Aetna, near the place of my birth. It brought forth a remembrance of the story of Empedocles of Akragas, the Sicilian poet, philosopher and healer who was considered by the Roman physician Galen to be founder of the science of medicine in Italy. Empedocles was born during that remarkable time that brought forth such enlightened beings as Pythagoras, Lao Tzu, Confucius, and Gautama...
Topics: poetry, poetry/spoken word, Empedocles, Aetna, Etna, four elements, Parmenides
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Oct 4, 2012 Dante's Ghost
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This piece, Luce Magra or "Thin Light" presented in my native tongue, is the second of two pieces offered as a 4th anniversary remembrance of old Vannuzzu, a warrior in temperament and spirit who knew fully the degradations of war, and who sought thereafter the small satisfactions of a peaceful life. He died a few days before his 91st birthday. Luce Magra offers a tentative poetic exploration of the more ineffable and transcendent meanings carried in human embodiment. The music that...
Topics: Italian poetry, poetry/spoken word, mortality
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Oct 3, 2012 Dante's Ghost
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The death of a parent can be a turning point in any given life. For a surviving son or daughter, the nature of the experience can range from the grief of losing a beloved friend and confidant, to the ambivalence resulting from an abrupt loss of all further possibilities for resolving a conflicted and unsatisfactory relationship, to a sense of relief at being finally freed of the perceived domination and judgement of an overbearing parent. Regardless of one's position, to live through the death...
Topics: poetry, poetry/spoken word, mortality, death
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Jul 30, 2012 Integral Reflections
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"Original Child Bomb" is one of a small number of pieces written by Thomas Merton which he described as anti-poems. This unusual group includes "Chant to be Used in Processions around a Site with Furnaces" of which an audio interpretation can be accessed through the "Dante's Ghost" collection on Internet Archive. These pieces are characterised by the conscious and ironic use of the debased but now-commonplace language that masks the horror of genocide. In his essay...
Topics: poetry, thomas merton, hiroshima, nuclear war, militarism
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Jun 25, 2012 Dante's Ghost
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The nature of war has completely changed over the course of the past century. From being the domain of a trained warrior caste who lived and died face to face, it has, especially in more recent times, become an exercise in technical sophistication where decisions made and actions taken at a vast distance from the actual field of battle determine the fate not only of combatants, but of fathers, mothers and children who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. This original piece offers...
Topics: poetry, spoken word, war, military history, Hiroshima, Nagasaki
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May 11, 2012 Integral Reflections
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The problems that confront us during these darkening times are not simply the consequence of runaway industrialism or an economic system gone wrong. They have long roots in a mindset grounded in an alienated and opportunistic view of the world within which we live. We have mastered the methods that give us power over the natural world and have created tools that have extended our reach from the manipulation of sub-atomic particles to the visualisation of immense fields of galaxies that have...
Topics: Miriam Magillis, Terry Tempest Williams, Thomas Berry, new cosmology, eco-spirituality,...
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Apr 18, 2012 Integral Reflections
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This audio presentation offers a synthesis of the thoughts of Thomas Berry regarding the consequences of industrial civilisation and his view on the need to consciously change our ways of engaging with the earth as we begin to enter what he has termed The Ecozoic Era. It offers a number of insights into the sources from which Thomas Berry developed his views and drew spiritual nourishment. Healing a Savaged Earth is drawn primarily from Thomas Berry's lecture, The Ecozoic Era presented at the...
Topics: Thomas Berry, industrial civilisation, ecozoic era, ecology, environmental destruction, technology,...
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Apr 4, 2012 Dante's Ghost
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This short personal reflection is offered as a response to the crass commercialisation and diversionary spirit that has overtaken the time of Easter throughout much of the Western world. It offers an Ignatian remembrance - an act of conscious imagining and visualisation - of the events that took place in Palestine some 2,000 years ago when Jesus of Nazareth suffered horrendous cruelty in the execution by crucifixion ordered by the local and Imperial governors at that time. Yet the time of...
Topics: poetry, christian tradition, ignatian spirituality, good friday, paschal mystery
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Mar 8, 2012 Integral Reflections
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This audio presentation is drawn from two lectures given by E.F. Schumacher during the 1970s, the first at the Lindisfarne Association Conference in 1974, the second at the University of Michigan in the year of his death, 1977. In addition to detailing a number of the ideas presented in "Small is Beautiful", the program offers some insight into Schumacher's metaphysical and theological understandings. PROGRAM NOTES Voices E.F. Schumacher, "Decentralist Economics",...
Topics: E.F. Schumacher, spoken and audio presentation, ecology, economics, sustainability
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Feb 21, 2012 Integral Reflections
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We have in the present age become desensitised to violence. It is glorified in movies, simulated in computer games, sanctioned in contact sports and casually glossed over in the blur of daily news broadcasts. Yet every act of violence can create psychic and emotional shock waves that reverberate thereafter in the lives of those affected by it. This audio program offers a 6th anniversary remembrance of the death by knifing of Australian musician Darren Jones, who was killed in an unprovoked...
Topics: Darren Jones, Australian music, urban violence, collective grief, healing
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This chilling poem by Cistercian monk and writer Thomas Merton offers a dramatic portrayal of SS Officer Rudolf Hoess. Hoess served as Commandant of Auschwitz from May 1940 to November 1943. He was convicted of genocide at the Nuremberg Trials and handed over to the Polish authorities who charged him with the murder of three and a half million men, women and children. Hoess responded: "No. Only two and one half million - the rest died from disease and starvation." "Chant to be...
Topics: poetry, thomas merton, rudolf hoess, the holocaust, auschwitz, genocide
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Jan 3, 2012 Dante's Ghost
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"The Pearl. Seven Hymns on the Faith" was written by the 4th Century theologian and mystic, Ephraim of Syria. Among other things, this beautiful poem offers a remarkable opening into the sources of imaginal vision. This poetic/musical interpretation of Part I of "The Pearl" was developed from the original J.B. Morris translation of 1898. Production Notes Keyboards:  Greg Lavell Guitar:          Nico Di Stefano Voice:           Vincent Di Stefano This...
Topics: poetry, syrian, the pearl, ephraim of syria
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Dec 22, 2011 Dante's Ghost
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A spoken/musical interpretation of "The Windhover. For Christ Our Lord", which poet/priest Hopkins himself described as "the best thing I ever wrote." This poem reflects Hopkins' exquisite sensitivity to sensory experience and his equally acute sense of metaphor. The son of existential psychiatrist R.D. Laing recalls that his father voiced the poem literally hundreds of times while working, while walking, and while at rest. Lead guitar by Nico Di Stefano
Topics: poetry, english, gerard manley hopkins
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Dec 21, 2011 Dante's Ghost
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The Jesuit priest/poet Gerard Manley Hopkins is remembered for his exquisite use of language and the depth of his poetic regard. Binsley Poplars was written in 1879 in response to his shocking discovery that a favourite stand of aspen trees which he had long enjoyed during his days at Oxford had fallen to the axe. At another level, the poem is a lament for the destruction of the natural world without thought for the beauties that it holds and without regard for the blighting of the landscape...
Topics: poetry, english, gerard manley hopkins